February 24th, 2017 by Dan Jacob
Landing your internship is an uphill battle, I won’t lie to you. It requires patience, attention to detail, creativity, and confidence. It’s taxing, but as Tom Haverford would say, “Sometimes you gotta work a little, so you can ball a lot.” Below you’ll find tips and practices that have guided me through the process.
It’s important to know that you’re not alone in your search. Taking advantage of your resources, from your school’s career development department, events, and of course Campus Philly, you can alleviate the pressure of the search.
I had no clue just how many internship opportunities there were in Philly, employers are searching just as hard for you. This March, from the 27th-31st, we’ll be hosting our Online Job Internship Week, with new openings daily from employers in the area. From the comfort of your home or wherever you can have your laptop, you can apply and search for summer jobs and internships. This way you can continue to stay in Philly and continue your development as a young professional after the school semester!
P.S. This could be you chilling on Race St. Pier this summer!^^^
Things as simple as proofreading your resume can be the difference between you landing the role or not. Get another set of eyes on your resume, make sure you’re checking for grammar, clarity, and relevance.
Roam the websites of your hopeful employers, read blogs, understand their core values and mission statements. You can really set yourself apart with a resume that looks like it took effort – paying attention to design and accuracy can pay off big time.
Along with your resume is your cover letter. I know it seems like a drag after you’ve spent so much time refining your resume, but it can serve as your secret weapon. Go beyond your resume bullet points and tell your story, highlight your accomplishments in detail, connect the dots from your prior experience and explain how they would benefit the company or organization. If you feel like you lack experience, articulate how your interests coincide with what’s being asked of you. There’s no shame in explaining that there are areas in which you hope to gain expertise.
Getting away from the computer screen and into the mix is another way to find that internship you’re aiming for. You already know how important it is to network, “You should start networking” – it’s the age-old adage. Luckily, networking events in Philly are easy to come by. Chatting with others who are also looking to land a gig and hearing invaluable advice from people who’ve already done it is a great way to get a feel for Philly’s professional scene. There’s always the chance that connection you made, or that piece of advice you got could lead you to your next job or internship.
Here are a few resources you can use to get your search started!
You’ll have your work cut out for you, you may not get the first, second, or third role you applied for, but stay the course. Above all, stay composed. The application process is so tenuous, and then you have a whole interview to worry about.
Before any interview I’ve had, I sat in my car, collected my thoughts, and told myself “you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.” Lame I know, but it relieved a ton of pressure for me. Remember that you’re taking a step in the right direction, trust the process (for all my Sixers fans out there).
With a thriving millennial population, employers in Philly are rushing to find and develop talent. If you’re hoping to call Philly home during college and into your professional life remember that the city is going through a transformation. Young people like you are a catalyst for the change in the city, creating new things, starting new companies, new organizations, – there’s a lot of new. Applying yourself to the city’s offerings starts with a few small steps, coupled with some effort you can create the life that you’ve always imagined for yourself in Philadelphia.
February 21st, 2017 by Dan Jacob
The weather in Philadelphia can be erratic, one day the sun is shining, the next day you’re wearing your winter coat. Who knows what will happen? So, this week get a glimpse of spring and enjoy the warm weather while you can. With a slew of upcoming events to close out the month, here are just a few things I’m looking forward to as February draws to a close.
Philly Fashion Week
Philly has a Fashion Week? I had no idea. This Wednesday, February 22nd, RSVP to The Trend VIP Party. A fashion, food, and networking event located at The Granary. The event is FREE with RSVP and a great way to leadup to Night 2 of the Runway show on February 24th, get your tickets now before it’s too late!
Black Thought Presents: Delirious
Member of the legendary Philadelphia group The Roots; Black Thought hosts an ensemble of comedians on the rise on the east coast this Thursday February 23rd located at The Punchline Philly. Many household names have gotten their start performing at The Punchline, you could be witnessing the start of something special!
From Home to Hopper
Venture into Philadelphia’s surrounding areas by visiting the Brandywine River Museum this Saturday, February 25th. The Brandywine River Museum presents From Homer to Hopper, an exhibition of over 50 paintings by revolutionary American artists such as Winslow Homer, Georgia O’ Keefe, Edward Hopper, and Thomas Eakins. The event is only $6 for students with ID!
There’s absolutely no shortage of events in Philly, especially concerning the arts. The weather is on your side this week, make sure to take advantage!
February 20th, 2017 by Dan Jacob
There’s never a shortage of things to do and places to explore in the city of Brotherly Love. However, knowing where to start on your Philly adventure can be a daunting task, enter Philly Passport! The Passport provides a checklist of places to go that you can turn into your personal itinerary filled with things to do around the city. Instead of giving you the stereotypical Philly guide, we focused on visiting neighborhoods that contribute Philly’s diverse scene.
So, teaming up with my fellow intern, Haley and I set out to explore the city and check some things off the passport. Beginning the adventure in Chinatown! Chinatown poses an interesting mix between old and new. There are new restaurants sprouting seemingly every day, bubble tea spots, and noodle houses that cater to younger audiences. But there are also traditional staples that bring you a more original taste of China. You would be remiss to leave here without getting a picture at the Friendship Arch.
Conveniently located near Chinatown, and next on the passport was the Reading Terminal Market. The best thing about Reading Terminal is that there’s so many options for food, the worst part? Deciding what you want. I opted for Hunger Burger which was phenomenal, while Haley went with Profi’s Creperie. The Reading Terminal Market is sure to be a go-to spot, it’s affordable, fun, and filled with choices.
With our stomachs filled, we headed over to the Italian Market. The streets of the Italian Market are adorned with open air markets, delis, and boutique shops. This neighborhood like many others in Philly has deep roots in the Philadelphia community. It’s where the Di Bruno Bros. got their start and became a household name. It’s a quaint neighborhood that’s perfect for taking a stroll.
Just a short walk away, we entered Little Saigon, where we recapped the day over some Vietnamese coffee. Little Saigon is home to Asian supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes. If you like cooking up some Asian inspired dishes, I’d strongly recommend taking a trip down to Little Saigon.
Watch us complete the Philly Passport:
It should be noted that although each neighborhood was different, one thing they had in common were beautiful murals. Philly is known for being an artistic hub, be sure to keep a look out on the facades of many buildings. Added to the beauty, is the ease of navigation. Walking from neighborhood to neighborhood is certainly doable as Philly is a “walking city.” Grab your camera and some comfortable footwear and you’ll be well on your way to perusing the city with your Philly Passport! Get yours here and watch how to fold it here.
P.S. Once you’ve completed the Passport, play some Campus Philly BINGO!
February 16th, 2017 by Dan Jacob
This year’s Inclusive Leadership Conference theme was “Find Your Voice: Advocating for Inclusion and Respect.” Whether you are an activist, writer, artist, or entrepreneur, YOUR voice is what we need. If you do not yet know your voice, or if you want to discover more ways to use your voice, ILC will engage you in conversation and activities around inclusion and respect for your voice and others.
On Saturday, February 11, Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center was teeming with students from various colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region– such as Temple, Moore, Rowan, Drexel, CCP, UArts, and many more– who were ready to educate themselves on the importance of inclusion. The conference was an eye-opening experience on how inclusion can affect people from both a personal and interpersonal standpoint.
As part of the Campus Philly team, I had the opportunity to cover the buzz. Jumping from room to room, I got a feel for some of the workshops and presentations delivered by local leaders. My biggest takeaway from the event was the recurring theme of mindfulness.
The nuances and subtleties when interacting with people who are different from you can be all the difference in fostering an inclusive relationship and environment. Nothing supported that claim more than listening to students share their personal stories and takes on some serious subjects. People right around my age divulged their thoughts on race, gender, identity, culture, discrimination, and mental illness just to name a few. Workshop leaders stressed the point of speaking up, challenging the status quo and voicing your stance on inequities is imperative to creating an inclusive environment.
The workplace is often a place where people face discrimination on many fronts, it was telling to see just how to tackle these problems. I dropped in on workshops like Trans 101: How to be Inclusive of Trans People When Leading, Eliminating Social Stigma, Effective Strategies for Inclusive Leadership, Cultural Sensitivity, and Closing the Gender Gap. Unfortunately, there’s only one of me so I couldn’t get to each and every seminar, but I left each one with an important takeaway.
Even with all the serious discussions and constructive activities, there was still time for students to get to know each other and relax. Ending with a massive Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament and a Swag Swap. Capping the day on a more playful note left everyone feeling visibly happier. I strongly believe attendees left with a sense of purpose.
At ILC, the goal of inspiring and educating the leaders of tomorrow on the values and importance of inclusiveness was achieved. It’s a personal responsibility that is part of a much bigger picture: improving the fabric of society.
If you’re looking to continue the conversation, you should consider becoming a part of our Student Leader Network.
February 3rd, 2017 by Dan Jacob
Take advantage of the many events Philadelphia has to offer including performances, workshops, and discussions to stay entertained, enlightened, and most importantly, engaged. Below are some events and activities that celebrate the importance of Black History Month tailored around a college student’s budget.
AAMP is where you want to be for Black History Month. In continuation of their screening events, AAMP will be screening the 1966 classic Black Girl which chronicles the life of a young Senegalese woman who struggles with life in France working for a wealthy white couple. Following this screening comes an original documentary film by Philadelphia filmmaker Sosena Solomon titled Merkato. Merkato explores Africa’s largest open-air market in Ethiopia, covering the ethos of the community. Once again, the screening event is open to the public and free with RSVP. Doors open at 6pm, with the films scheduled to start at 7pm.
Dance your way over to the Merriam Theater, then sit back and admire this performance by PHILADANCO. The dance ensemble pays tribute to jazz icons with music from Earth Wind and Fire. Get there early, as doors open at 11:00 AM. The event is also free to the public.
Thanks to the good folks at TD Bank, the events are FREE on President’s Day. There are 4 main exhibitions at the Constitution Center starting with the Breaking Barriers Show. Breaking Barriers is an interactive exhibit which delves into the lives of notable African Americans such as Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and Bessie Coleman. Next is, Decoding The Document: Emancipation Proclamation Workshop. Get a closer look at the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment that only the Constitution Center can provide. Pickup a flier and get started on the African American History Self-Guided Tour. The tour highlights important moments throughout African American history, including artifacts from President Obama’s inauguration. Finish with the Giant Game Board Activity which tests your knowledge of African American history!
The events run through the month of February, however admission on President’s Day is completely free, so don’t miss this opportunity!
Experience the entire gamut of African culture at the Penn Museum. African Cultures Day at the Penn Museum is filled with a slew of activities, from performances, and crafts, to games and interactive explorations. Admission to the museum is $10 for Students with ID, starting at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM!
As Black History Month comes to a close, it’s important to not only reflect on the culture of black history, but to also revel in the present and future of black culture. Join WHYY as they bring their Black History Untold series to an end. If you’re not familiar with the series, Black History Untold uncovers the full story of black history through the lens of local black leaders. Through personal essays these leaders share their thoughts on black happiness. The event will include live entertainment, a panel discussion, and networking opportunities from 5:30pm to 7:45pm with a reduced price of $10 for Students with college ID!
February 2nd, 2017 by Dan Jacob
The holidays are all but over, but hopefully you’re still in the giving mood. Experience some of Philadelphia’s charitable restaurants, where you can dine AND donate!
Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, 25 South 11th Street
Rosa’s offers quality pizza at $1 a slice, which is sure to keep your wallet in great shape. What’s better than the price is their “’Pay-it-forward” philosophy. Every dollar you donate pays for a slice of pizza to feed the homeless.
Rooster Soup Company, 1526 Sansom St.
From the people who brought you Federal Donuts comes the newly opened and highly anticipated, Rooster Soup Company. Rooster Soup Company is a collaborative effort between Federal Donuts and the Broad Street Ministry, together they work in tandem to reduce food waste and deliver meals and social services to citizens in need. Rooster Soup Co. takes leftover ingredients from Federal Donuts to create your delicious meals, reducing food waste. In addition to soup you can expect biscuits and gravy, grits and eggs for breakfast and BLT’s and Sloppy Joe’s for lunch with a Rooster Soup Company twist. So, what’s your part? Eating. Feel good knowing that the profits from your meals are donated to citizens in need for several causes such as housing, medical care, legal services, and much more!
Hawthorne’s, Cambridge & Tio Flores
Philadelphia native restauranteurs Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico who own local favorites Hawthorne’s, Cambridge, and Tio Flores have served Philadelphians through food for years. Now they’re taking it one step further by matching revenue generated by the newly instituted soda tax and donating it to the Andrew Jackson School during the school year. Being the entrepreneurs that they are, Heather and Chris created opportunity from what could have been a burden. Hawthorne’s and Cambridge serve traditional American food, while Tio Flores ventures into the gastronomy of Mexican cuisine.
Hunger Burger , 1136 Arch St in Reading Terminal Market
Hunger Burger was the brainchild of husband and wife team, George and Kim Mickel. At Hunger Burger, chow down on some delicious burgers with the comfort of knowing every burger you buy helps a child in need. What makes Hunger Burger’s philanthropic philosophy so awesome is that they’re not confined to just helping the city of Philadelphia. Although a portion of proceeds are donated to Philabundance, they’re also distributed to the No Kid Hungry organization which combats childhood hunger through providing tools and solutions for families with young children and King’s Castle located in El Salvador which tackles malnutrition.